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    Why can't we form a Possessive Pronouns from " it"

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    We can. What's wrong with "its" (as long as you get the ABSENCE OF apostrophe right)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziko ziko View Post
    Why can't we form a possessive pronounx from" it"?
    Right.

    Its is the possessive pronoun of it.

    Possessive pronouns never have apostrophes:

    its
    his
    her
    their
    our

    It's is not a possessive pronoun. It's the contraction of it is.

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    We can. What's wrong with "its" (as long as you get the ABSENCE OF apostrophe right)?

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    bongggg. I was talking about the possessive adjective. You could say 'It's mine/yours/his/hers/ours/theirs' but it would sound most unusual to say 'It's its'. I don't think there's a reason; that's just the way the language has evolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    bongggg. I was talking about the possessive adjective. You could say 'It's mine/yours/his/hers/ours/theirs' but it would sound most unusual to say 'It's its'. I don't think there's a reason; that's just the way the language has evolved.

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    Yikes! Dang, you're right.

    Now excuse me while I go learn my own language.....

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